housecarl

noun
house·​carl | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌkär(-ə)l How to pronounce housecarl (audio) \

Definition of housecarl

: a member of the bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble

First Known Use of housecarl

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for housecarl

Old English hūscarl, from Old Norse hūskarl, from hūs house + karl man; akin to Old English ceorl churl

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“Housecarl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/housecarl. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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